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Clicker training

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier Training' started by whiteguyjames, Aug 13, 2010.

  1. whiteguyjames

    whiteguyjames Little Dog

    Has anyone used a clicker in training their BT? I picked one up today and plan on starting with it tomorrow. I briefly used it today before I put Max to bed, but I haven't "loaded" the clicker yet so I'm calling tomorrow my official start with it. If anyone has any advice or stories of using a clicker, please feel free to chime in on the subject. I'll update my progress with it and let everyone know how it goes!
  2. Hucklebutt

    Hucklebutt Banned Back Yard Breeder

    Good grief, your all over the place with training, food and stuff haha its really cute!!! I dont use a clicker, i tell my dog what i want from him, if he listens he might get a treat or some affection if not, hes going to get a more forceful grasp of his attention however that may be. I tried the clicker once, I prefer them to just listen to things I say to them, I hate clutter and I dont like carrying around clickers and treats everywhere! lol. :p But whatever you want to do, with your first dog you will be all over the place, but if you want to invest time/money get a great dog trainer (not petsmart) like sit means sit or something to help guide you. :cool:
  3. Rogue Bullies

    Rogue Bullies Good Dog

    I don't use clickers I use my body language and a snap of the fingers if needed. I agree with Danielle.
  4. whiteguyjames

    whiteguyjames Little Dog

    Lol guys thanks for the input. In my opinion it does make a lot of sense to replace the sound of my voice for congratulations with the noise of the clicker. If not replace, but use alongside. The sound of the clicker is the exact same noise every time. If he associates doing something good with the same noise, he's going to want to do it every time in order to receive a treat or affection or whatever the prize is. It's just classical conditioning, but I feel that it makes sense. Anyways, we'll see how it goes :D
  5. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I clicker trained Bella, and it worked wonderful!! Now, if I want her attention, or if she is in another room, all I have to do is click the clicker and she comes running and sits at my feet. I'd invest in the good clicker, not the cheap ones that you can find. Here's a good link to clicker training, and also, the kind of clicker that I like. The thing is, you click it, and the instant they look at you, you treat and tell them "good dog", or if you don't want to use the treats, just give them tons of loving when they look at you. It doesn't take them long to associate the sound of the clicker with rewards, and they will look directly at you every time they hear it.

    This is the clicker that I think is the best quality, and it fits inside the palm of your hand perfectly. It's what I use. :)

    How to load the clicker:
  6. whiteguyjames

    whiteguyjames Little Dog

    Thank you very much for the response! Yeah, I agree with what you're saying about how they associate the clicker with a reward. To me it only makes sense. I loaded the clicker for the first time this morning and after we were done he wouldn't stop looking around for more treats! I guess he likes Turkey :D Anyways, thanks again for the post and I'll be sure to order that clicker.
  7. Matt

    Matt Little Dog

    Hey, how's your clicker training going? We've been using a clicker with Carlos for about six weeks now (he's in a once-a-week puppy class), and it seems to work great. When he's focused, he's really responsive to it, and he'll do most things we've trained him to do pretty consistently. The hard part is getting him to do what we ask when he's distracted, but it does seem like his attention span is growing.
  8. whiteguyjames

    whiteguyjames Little Dog

    Clicker training has worked wonders with Max. In places that he's familiar with, he does great. I haven't been introducing any new stuff in the past two weeks because I just started school again, but once things calm down I'll get back at it.
  9. Mardi

    Mardi Puppy

    So glad your clicker trianing is going well, and I guess you've figured out that you can use voice as a marker too. That way, you don't always have to have a clicker around. In fact, you can phase the clicker out as much as you desire. Do you know the book "When Pigs Fly," by Jane Killion? She's a bull terrier trainer, and it's is an excellent guide to training, esp a willfull bully! There's also a really informative bull terrier group on Yahoo Groups. Are you a member of Yahoo Groups? If not, it's simply to sign up (they don't require any personal info except an email addy). The name of the group is "positivelybts" and it's a training list for those of us who feel that "positive" reward-based training techniques are more effective than coercives or strictly dominance/punishment-based techniques.
  10. whiteguyjames

    whiteguyjames Little Dog

    Thanks for the post. I actually have that book and have read it. That's where I got most of my training tips for Max and they have really helped out a lot. Training his attention was the first step just like the book said. I still haven't gotten him completely attentive, but then again he's still a baby. I'll be sure to join that Yahoo group!
  11. jadasmom

    jadasmom Puppy

    I know I am a little late on the topic, but hey- I'm new here! Lol! Just wanted to say as I was reading thru some topics and saw this, I use clicker training. Now, as some of you know, my new BT is not here yet (this weekend!!), but I have and show Parson Russell Terriers. Some say they are a very hard breed to train. I have been showing and training dogs since a young child. I used clicker training with one of my PRTs. She was 7 mos old at the time- now 9 mos- and was having "trouble" standing still in the show ring. I sat with her for 2 nights in the kitchen floor. I showed her that when she paid attention, then heard a click, she got a treat. We didn't stand in her show position at first. Just as long as she stood and stared at me, she got clicked and treated. I graduated that to show standing in position and then to increasing the amount of time she can stay and stand in that position! Now- 2 mos later- she is wonderful in the show ring. When I train at home I don't use the clicker every time, but I do throw it in so she remembers it. Also, my 7mo old is having trouble keeping her tail up in the ring, so we are now clicking on that!

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